While Samsung is best known for its flagship Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines, the reality is that the manufacturer offers handsets at just about every price point. We’ve already taken a look at some of the best Samsung phones currently available, but what if you only have a small amount of cash to spend? Don’t worry, there are cheap Samsung phones for you.
The sheer number of variants makes it impossible to sort through them all, but in this list, we will talk about just a few of the best cheap Samsung phones that you can buy right now. Keep in mind that this post focuses on cheap Samsung phones that can be purchased new, not older models that are offered as used or refurbished. Without further ado, let’s jump right in.
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2018) and its variants
The second generation version of the Samsung Galaxy J7 packs in a lot for not a lot of money. Inside, there’s an octa-core Exynos 7884A processor clocked at 1.6GHz, along with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage. The device supports microSD cards for expanded storage (up to 400GB).
The phone has a 5.5-inch TFT display with a 1,280 x 720 resolution. It also has 13MP cameras on both the front and the rear of the smartphone, which support Samsung’s Bixby Vision AI feature, which can help identify objects and locations in your pictures. The front camera supports facial recognition so you can unlock the phone with just your face. Finally, it has a 3,300mAh battery, which should last up to a day or more on a full charge.
There are numerous variations of the Galaxy J7 (2018) to be found, depending on the network carrier of your choice. The unlocked version of the phone can be yours for just $220 (16GB) or $250 (32GB). With network carriers, you can take advantage of special discounts and offers to get the phone for much cheaper, or even completely free, with eligible plans and contracts.
All variants are mostly the same. However, the AT&T and Verizon versions are available with 16GB of storage, while the variants from T-Mobile and MetroPCS (Galaxy J7 Star), and Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Virgin Mobile (Galaxy J7 Refine), offer 32GB of storage.
- 5.5-inch TFT display with a 1,280 x 720 resolution
- 1.6GHz Exynos 7884A processor
- 2 GB RAM
- 16/32GB built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 400GB
- 13MP front and rear cameras
- 3,300mAh battery
- Android 8.0 Oreo
- 153.2 x 76.2 x 8.6mm, 181grams
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2018) and its variants
If you want to get a Samsung phone that’s even cheaper than the Galaxy J7 (2nd Gen), try out the third-generation version of the Galaxy J3. It has a 5-inch 720 x 1280 display, a quad-core Exynos 7570 processor running at 1.4GHz, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing camera, and a 2,600mAh battery.
While not particularly impressive specs, the price is what makes the difference. The unlocked version of the Galaxy J3 (2018) can be yours for just $169. Like the J7, there are multiple variants of the J3 (2018) available, depending on the network carrier. As always, you can also avail significant discounts with eligible plans when buying the phone from a carrier.
All versions of the device are again identical but with different suffixes. You can get the Galaxy J3 Achieve (2018) from Sprint and Boost Mobile. It’s known as the Galaxy J3 Star at T-Mobile and MetroPCS. The Galaxy J3 Aura and the Galaxy Amp Prime 3 are from US Cellular and Cricket Wireless respectively.
At least AT&T and Verizon keep the Galaxy J3 (2018) name. However, AT&T has the same device available for its prepaid customers under the name Galaxy Express Prime 3.
- 5-inch display with a 720 x 1280 resolution
- 1.4GHz Exynos 7570 quad-core processor
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB of storage
- 8MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera
- 2,600mAh battery
- Android 8.0 Oreo
- 142.7 x 70.1 x 8.9mm, 152grams
Samsung Galaxy J2 Core (Android One)
Earlier in 2018, Samsung announced the Galaxy J2 Core. It’s the company’s first Android Go phone. That means the handset runs a version of Android that’s designed to run lightweight versions of apps that don’t have a huge file size and also don’t run down the phone’s battery as quickly. Android Go phones are made to be used in developing markets, where cellular access may not be as extensive compared to other countries.
The hardware specs on the Galaxy J2 Core include a 5-inch 960×540 TFT display, a 1.4Ghz Exynos 7570 quad-core chipset, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of onboard storage. It also has an 8MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing camera, and a 2,600mAh battery. One interesting bit is that while this is supposed to be an Android Go phone, Samsung appears to have put its own TouchWiz UI in at least some of the phone’s screens.
The Galaxy J2 Core is currently available in India for 5,990 rupees (~$86). It’s also available in Malaysia. There’s no word on when it might show up in other markets.
- 5.0-inch TFT 540 x 960 display
- 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos 7570 processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 8GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
- 5MP rear camera, 3MP front camera
- Removable 2,600mAh battery
- Android 8.1 Oreo (Android Go)
- 143.4 x 72.1 x 8.9mm, 154grams
And that’s it for our look at the best Samsung phones at the cheapest prices. Let’s be honest, none of these are bad but you are paying a bit extra for the brand power. If you want the most phone for the least cost, be sure to check out our best cheap Android phones guide. Are there any other great cheap Samsung phones we left out? Let us know about it in the comments below.